A Breath of Snow and Ashes Paperback – Aug 29 2006
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After waiting nearly four years since The Fiery Cross (2001), readers will find every expectation fulfilled in the sixth book of the popular Outlander series. Gabaldon shines as she unfolds the continuing story of the Frasers, heartbreakingly heroic highlander Jamie and his time-traveling wife Clare. Set during the three years leading up to the American Revolution, this compulsively readable mix of authentically set historical fiction and completely satisfying romance maps both violent loss and strong family ties. On the eve of war much is changing on Fraser's Ridge and Jamie and Claire encounter much harm. This vivid and haunting novel, therefore, brings an aching sadness, but it is balanced with sheer joy, revelation, and solace. The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters. Gabaldon's ability to invoke the heroic and the harrowing writ large, while also creating moments where you dare not take a breath for fear of missing something tiny and fine, is her hallmark. For it is in describing the sound of rain on the roof, Jamie's injured hand, or the understanding between father and daughter that the world of the novel comes alive and offers readers an enthralling experience. Neal Wyatt
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“For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.” The Gazette
Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.” The Globe and Mail
“Triumphant. . . . Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.” Publishers Weekly
“Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller.... The pages practically turn themselves.” Arizona Republic
"Readers will find every expectation fulfilled.... The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters." Booklist
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This book is great escapist reading, and it will draw you into the lives of its characters. It's rare to find characters in a novel that you come to love, and that continue to stay fresh and interesting even after 6 books. Diana Gabaldon has lived up to my every expectation of what this book would be. I laughed, I cried, and I'm already anticipating the next book!
I felt that things picked up towards the end and were reminiscent of the earlier books but found the dual kidnappings rather redundant. While I'd rather not say goodbye to Jamie and Claire, it's probably best to wrap things up and start something new.
Hang on... Almost? Sure, Mrs. Gabaldon seems to not be able to stop herself from writing, and as a result there tend to be moments of "please can we move on?" But the action is mainly spot-on and interesting. The humour is delightful; it's not often you read historical novels without finding yourself bored to tears with factsfactsfacts. So, I therefore praise Mrs. Gabaldon for her intelligent use of her pen/keyboard.
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I loved the whole book. It kept me enthralled to the end & wanting more immediately. I'm dying for book 9Published 1 month ago by Christy Livingstone
Lots of action and adventure... Hard to put down! Better than the last novel that some very long slow bits!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The front cover and upper part of the back cover were bent over and damaged.A sizeable chunk of cover is missing at the back near the upper pat along the spine of the book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer